Possible to overwrite OS with a back-up copy?

By ashwa
Oct 20, 2007
  1. I never did this b4 nor i have any idea if this work. pls tell me if this works or not..

    right now i have 100% working OS with softwares n there updates. OS with software is in C: drive n nothing more in it. size is about 6.5GB.

    say i have backed up the entire C: drive in DVD, n due to some reason i had to format my OS drive erasing all da softwares n updates.

    if i install da OS again after formatting, is it possible dat i copy paste/overwrite the OS with the back up i made consisting of da installed softwares,updates.

    will the running OS allow overwriting? or i'll i have to overwrite it in dos mode, n if in dos mode then what will be da commands for it.

    gets fed up with installig softwares wasting time in updates...so was wondering if i can cut the installing n updating part as i have quite a lot softwares installed.

    I use winxp pro as my OS.

    thank u.
  2. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Yes you need according to a Buddy of mine,
    To do full backup of the C drive, you need a program like Norton Ghost v10.0
  3. ashwa

    ashwa TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 56

    taking back-up is fine but can i overwrite it n get my pc working the same as it was b4 formatting?
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    any good cloning software can do this. There are many. Ghost, Acronis, X-copy, etc...
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